From Darkness to Light Then they seized [Jesus]and led him away, bringing him into the high priest’s house, and Peter was following at a distance. And when they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat down among them. Then a servant girl, seeing him as he…

“If any man would come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.” St. Luke 9:23 What does this mean? We gain insight to the meaning of “take up his cross” by looking at what Christ experienced on the Cross, because, whatever the Cross meant for Him literally,…

An Uncommon, Extraordinary “Sanctus” Lent at St. Mark, like in many parishes, is a season of greater liturgical simplicity. The decor of the church is subdued, largely devoid of any color but purple. The greenery behind the altar and crucifix has been replaced by bare branches, and there are no flowers in the church. Music during Lent often consists…

One of the first concepts you learn in the study of the arts is “the willing suspension of disbelief.” This means that, when watching something like a movie or a stage play, you allow for liberties in the passage of time and other dramatic incongruities. For example, many days or even years can pass in mere minutes, and characters divided by…

Christmas 2016       Of all the special movies of the season, each of them with their unique and heart-warming message, one that has become my perennial favorite is “Polar Express.” I’m almost embarrassed to admit that it “gets me” every time. You remember the story; the young boy has become a cynic about Christmas, a…

Everyone knows this by now – your parish Music Director is positively OBSESSED with the Mass Propers, those seemingly insignificant little snippets of scripture and their associated chants which define the “processional” moments of the liturgy – the Entrance, Offertory, and Communion antiphons and their associated verses. The antiphons are given in our Lumen Christi…

The year is 1636. War is raging across much of Europe. In the city of Eilenburg, Germany, there lives a Lutheran pastor by the name of Martin Rinkart, whose parish is not only ravaged by war, but also by a deadly epidemic, and by wide-spread economic misery. He has buried five thousand, (5,000) of his…

ALLELUIA! During my days as a Lutheran pastor, I became very attached to a certain piece of music that was played and sung at every communion service in the Lutheran liturgy. The piece of music is also known as the hymn, “This Is the Feast” which we’ve sung here at St. Mark several times in the…

“Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and He said to His disciples, ‘Sit here, while I go over there and pray.’ And taking with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, He began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then He said to them, ‘My soul is very sorrowful, even to…

This Tuesday, March 22nd at 2:00 pm, Fr. Pat and Fr. Michael and all the clergy of the Diocese of Raleigh will gather with our Diocesan Bishop the Most Reverend Michael Burbidge, to celebrate The Chrism Mass. At this beautiful Holy Week liturgy, the Bishop blesses all the holy oils used for various sacraments throughout the year: the Oil of the Sick;…